Does God Get Diarrhea?: Flushing 4,000 Years Of Lies, Myths, And Fairy Tales Down The Toilet Paperback – 7 Jan 2010
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About the Author
Odin Zeus McGaffer was born of a virgin on December 25th over 2,000 years ago. Much of his life remains a mystery, but crackpot theologians believe that he was a virgin carpenter with communist tendencies. McGaffer was murdered by his loving father, rose from the dead, and came back to Earth to consume large quantities of beer and fried cheese sticks. Although there is no solid evidence that supports the claims made in this biography, it cannot be disproven. Therefore you should believe this biography, in it's entirety, without good reason or justification.
Top Customer Reviews
The book doesn't start well. The first 3 chapters are little more than a rant against religion, particularly Christianity, repeatedly stating the obvious in such a way that those for whom the obvious needs to be stated will never get past the first chapter.
Then it gets funny, starting with McGaffer's hilarious summary of the Creation myth at the beginning of chapter 4. It's still a rant, but with a sense of humour, constantly poking fun at Christians.
Some of the spelling and grammatical errors are horrendous. As the book is published by the author (presumably no publishing house would touch it), McGaffer probably lacked the services of a good editor.
The book is written for the US market, where I understand that it is common for atheists to feel isolated. If you're an atheist trapped in a religious community then I can see that this book might make you feel less alone (although you certainly wouldn't want to get caught with it in a violently religious community). For those of us in more enlightened communities (I'm in the secular UK, most of my friends are atheists, few are deeply religious and none could be described as fundamentalist), "Does God Get Diarrhea (sic)" doesn't have quite the same importance, but it's still a damn good laugh.
It is an easy read and one that will have you laughing out loud at times.
Not often in stock in the UK, but well worth grabbing when it is.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Okay all you nay sayers, I have finally read the book from cover to cover, which was no small feat given that the book is not sold in the country where I live, and I still uphold my original five star review.
This book is not for everyone, but you know who you are. It would be quite accurate to call this book an angry atheist rant. If you are someone who is constantly upset and frustrated by the religious nutts that you find all around you, this book will strike a harmonious chord. If you want to pull your hair out every time you encounter an injustice caused by stupid religious people, you will find a kindred spirit in Odin Zeus McGaffer. Finally finding someone who understands your atheistic frustrations will bring the peace that passeth understanding.
However, if you have any sympathy towards Christianity at all, stay away from this book - it will only make you angry. Ridicule and bathroom humor are used freely in reference to Christianity - and that's why I love this book so much.
Apparently, the reviewer before me, Phillip V. Moody, is one of the faithful and finds nothing funny about ridiculing Christianity. However, as an ex-fundamentalist (funnymentalist) Christian and a "rabid atheist," who enjoys nothing more than taking the piss out of Christians, I found that the author of this book hit home in style and content.
The things I found amusing were rants such as this: concerning debating Christians, he says, "How can you expect to have a serious debate when the opposing party sincerely believes that a 2000-year-old zombie Christ is answering millions of prayers each day in a parallel universe?" Yeah!!! He's speaking my language!
I found his narrative of an encounter with an attractive Jehovah's witness hilarious,"...this lady was definitely 8 out of 10 without any beer. So, I let her ramble a few uninspiring verses to me while I imagined myself banging the Christ out of her in the back seat of my car." Sweet! SWEET!!!
In addition to the rib-tickling ridicule, McGaffer does make theological arguments. When speaking of a verse (Eph. 2:3, "God knew before creation that man would rebel and require reconciliation.") quoted on a religious tract, he argues, "If God knew in advance that his creations would rebel against him, then why would he continue creation in the first place?"
Also, the anti-endorsement by a Pentecostal preacher on the back of the book made me want to buy it even more, "... an intolerant, insensitive mockery of God. McGaffer should rot in Hell." If it makes the fundies angry, it's got to be good.
Mind you, I only read the first chapter and a half, the selection that is shown in the "Search inside this book" function on this page, but it was enough to make me want to own this book. You should read it too.
From what I read, this book seems like a real knee-slapper. I'm buying it.
However, and this is one huge however, the author lost all of his credibilty and respect by looking down and insulting people that do believe in God. The author was so incredibly offensive and disrespectful towards religious people that any success he could have gained, he lost. I am a big fan of offensive humor (Family Guy, Sarah Silverman, etc) but this book is down-right inconsiderate and intolerant of others. The author says that "religion is bad" yet all he does is continue to tease and mock people and spread more hatred. I am almost embarassed to call myself an atheist being as he is one too and I don't want to be lumped into the same category as him.
The arguments itself were astonishingly good and if they were presented in a better way I honestly think this could have been the next the God Delusion or God is Not Great. However, the book was filled with childish pictures, cutesy-LOL-speak, and hurtful insults. I can't believe that a grown man wrote this.
I am going to give the book two stars for the arguments. I would have given him a three for the arguments but some of them are not orginal and have been used before by other atheist authors. If you want a funny book about atheist go with the more famous authors. You will not be sorry.